- B.S., Mathematics, State University of New York at Albany, 1976
- S.M., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
- Sc.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982
theme of our research program derives from a desire to better understand
the thermodynamics and dynamics of polymers and polymer mixtures.
Three broad areas of investigation have been developed for addressing
these issues: polymer synthesis, chemical modification, and molecular
characterization; structural analysis by neutron, X-ray, and light
scattering, and electron microscopy; dynamical characterization through rheological and processing measurements.
These efforts address issues in each field individually, as well
as contributing to our central goals.
Anionic and living free-radical polymerization
represent the primary synthetic tools with which we control polymer
molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, microstructure,
and chain architecture. Subsequent modifications (eg. catalytic
hydrogenation) provide for the preparation of model functionalized
(eg. saturated) polymers. Molecular characterization techniques
include NMR, size exclusion chromatography, and light scattering.
the phase behavior and excess thermodynamic properties of polymer
mixtures and block copolymers is accomplished through extensive
use of small-angle neutron scattering and neutron reflection at
national facilities, along with X-ray and light scattering conducted
in our laboratory. We are particularly interested in elucidating
the molecular mechanisms governing nanoscale morphology formation
in melts and solutions, especially in aqueous systems, and related
state is often correlated with rheological properties, particularly
for block copolymers, which we investigate in conjunction with the
This basic research
program affects a variety of technologically important fields, including
polymer processing, composites, fracture mechanics, separations,
catalysis, and drug delivery.
- “Multiblock Polymers: Panacea or Pandora’s Box?” by F.S. Bates, M.A. Hillmyer, T.P. Lodge, C.M. Bates, K.T. Delaney and G.H. Fredrickson, Science, 336, 434-440 (2012).
- “Dodecagonal Quasicrystalline Morphology in a Poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene-b-ethylene oxide) Tetrablock Terpolymer,” by J. Zhang and F.S. Bates, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 7636-7639 (2012).
- “Structure and Dynamics of Elastomeric Multiblock Terpolymers containing Glassy, Rubbery and Semicrystalline Blocks,” by F. Zuo, C.G. Alfonso and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules, 44, 8143-8153 (2011).
- “Discovery of a Frank-Kasper sigma-Phase in Sphere Forming Block Copolymer Melts,” by S. Lee, M.J. Bluemle and F.S. Bates, Science, 330, 349-353 (2010).
- "Molecular Exchange in Diblock Copolymer Micelles: Hypersensitivity to Core Chain Length," by S.-H. Choi, T.P. Lodge and F.S. Bates, Phys. Rev. Lett.,104, 047802 (2010).
- "Mechanical Consequences of Molecular Composition on Failure in Polyolefin Composites Containing Glassy, Elastomeric, and Semicrystalline Components" by M.K. Mahanthappa, M.A. Hillmyer and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules, 41, 1341 (2008).
- "Disordered Network State in Hydrated Block Copolymer Surfactants" by S. Jain, X. Gong, L.E. Scriven and F.S. Bates, Phys. Rev. Lett., 96, 138304 (2006).
- "Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Semicrystalline-Rubbery-Semicrystalline Triblock Copolymers" by C.M. Koo, L. Wu, L.S. Lim, M.K. Mahanthappa, M.A. Hillmyer and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules, 38, 6090 (2005).
- "Ordered Network Phases in Linear Poly(Isoprene-b-Styrene-b-Ethylene Oxide) Triblock Copolymers," by T.H. Epps, III, E.W. Cochran, T.S. Bailey, R.S. Waletzko, C.M. Hardy and F.S. Bates, Macromolecules, 37, 8325 (2004).
- "Shear-induced Network-to-Network Transition in a Block Copolymer Melt," by E.W. Cochran and F.S. Bates, Phys. Rev. Lett., 93, 087802 (2004).
- "On the Origins of Morphological Complexity in Aqueous Dispersions of Block Copolymer Surfactants," by S. Jain and F.S. Bates, Science, 300, 460 (2003).
- "High Strength Welds in Metallocene Polypropylene/Polyethylene Laminates," by K.A. Chaffin, J.S. Knutsen, F.S., Bates and P. Brant, Science, 288, 2187 (2000).
- "Giant Wormlike Rubber Micelles," by Y.-Y. Won, H.T. Davis and F.S. Bates, Science, 283, 960 (1999).
- "Block Copolymers - Designer Soft Materials," by F.S. Bates and G.H. Fredrickson, Physics Today, 52, 32 (1999).
- "Polymersomes: Vesicles Made from Diblock Copolymers," by B.M. Discher, Y.-Y. Won, D.S. Ege, J. C.-M. Lee, F.S. Bates, D.E. Discher and D.A. Hammer, Science, 284, 1143 (1999).